Padla: "It's a dream come true"

Berrien Springs offensive tackle commits to Michigan State on Saturday and is the 15th commitment in the 2014 class.

Offensive tackle Nick Padla and the Berrien Springs Shamrocks had a rough night Friday against Paw Paw as they lost 36-0.

But the night ended well for Padla and it was in part due to the way he handled himself in a losing effort – as it was in front of Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten.

"Last night after my game. Coach Staten was at the game and then he left," Padla said. "He messaged me and said, ‘Call me around 11.' I got back home around 11 and called him in front of all my coaches to see what was going to happen. And I got the offer.

"I didn't play my best game either, I thought I played really bad actually. We got blown out last night but he said what he liked the most is I was still playing with five minutes left in the fourth quarter."

Padla, who grew up rooting for Michigan State, had been waiting to get an offer from the Spartans to play college football. He said it felt so good to finally get the offer.

"That was the one I wanted really bad," Padla said. "This was the place I really wanted to go. I grew up watching them and it's been ever since I was a little kid, so it's a dream come true."

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound senior said his long relationship with Staten and his honesty were very important to him in picking the Spartans over offers from Illinois and Cincinnati among others.

"Coach Staten never lied to me," Padla said. "He has always been truthful with me. He has been straight up with me about everything. I've had a really long relationship with him. It's been almost two and a half years now since he's been recruiting me.

"I really wanted it and I was like, I'm going to get it and I don't care what it takes. I'm going to keep working hard and I finally got it. In the end, it all paid off."

Padla also said this was the first time his whole family had gone up to East Lansing together and that family is one of the things he likes about the MSU program.

"We've all been up there before because we live pretty close, but we haven't all gone up as a family and that's one thing Coach (Mark) Dantonio loves is family," Padla said. "My family is pretty much all I have here because all the rest of them lives really far away. MSU, it's like a family there in their football program and leaving my family, I want it to still feel like I'm with a family. (My family) agrees with that and they really like all the coaches and they think it's a perfect fit for me."

Once he got the offer, he changed his plans for Saturday, which originally were to visit Illinois.

"Coach Staten said if you want to come up with your family and commit today, that would be awesome," he said. "So I knew that was what I was going to do. … I've always wanted to play there. It's a no-brainer. It was just waiting for that offer."

And the newest commit – the 15th in the class and sixth from Michigan – hit the ground running in recruiting others to MSU.

"I'm going to hop on board with the other guys to help make our class better and get more recruits to MSU," he said. "I already started today, the No. 1 kid from Pennsylvania (Montae Nicholson) was here and Coach Staten told me to go say hi to him and that I'm the new commit here and you should do the same thing. So, I started today."


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